Homophobics And The Bible
Homophobics and the Bible
Many people use the bible as their reason for being homophobic. These people claim that according to scripture, homosexuality is condemned. However, this is not completely true. Most selections used against homosexuality are indeed not speaking directly against homosexuality. Each scripture selection can be interpreted different ways by different individuals. Peter J. Gomes provides an effective argument against homophobia in his article from the New York Times in 1992, ?Homophobic Read Your Bible.?
Gomes begins his article with several examples of how this belief pertaining to homophobia and the bible has been used against homosexuals. Acts of violence are mentioned along with matters of public policy. By doing this, Gomes creates a pathos, or emotional appeal to the audience. He continues to tell about the author Bette Greene who interviewed four hundred prisoners incarcerated for gay bashing. She found that ?Gay-bashers generally saw nothing wrong in what they did, and, more often than not, said their religious leaders and traditions sanctioned their behavior. (Gomes 412)?
People generally use nine selections from the bible to argue that homosexuality is condemned. Gomes presents each of these selections and analyzes
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